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RE: Methodology

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001 09:59:48 -0500 (EST)
To: David Clark <david@davidsaccess.com>
cc: wai-ig list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0101030950280.25987-100000@tux.w3.org>
I would add to this three things:

One, there is a draft document being worked on by the Education and Outreach
group describing the process - http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/Review - which
has been let lie for a wile, is in very draft stage, and probably requires
reading the background material linked from it, and the Evaluation and Repair
Tools group - http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/IG - spends their working time on the
question.

Two, it is also a good idea to look at a site in a graphics browser and
compare the inforamtion with what you get from Lynx or home page reader -
there are still pages out there that seem accessible because you don't find
out that you didn't know what you were missing. Similarly there are features
such as accesskey which are implemented in only a few browsers, but which are
worth checking for. (I use iCab, which doesn't implement any method for
activating accesskey as far as I can tell, but puts a little marker to
identify wht the key is).

There is a list of tools that the Evaluation and Repair Tools group maintains
which provides links  to a number of handy things. It is worth keeping up to
date with that list (and asking for stuff to be added if it isn't there).

cheers

Charles McCN

On Wed, 3 Jan 2001, David Clark wrote:

  Mike,

  I am get trashed for saying this, but I think the easiest way of getting a
  quick overview is to use a text-based browser like Lynx. This will give you
  a baseline overview of the understandability of a page and the major areas
  that need work.

  Once this is done, you can go  on and use an audio browser like IBM's
  Homepage Reader.

  Hope this helps.

  dc

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  -----Original Message-----
  From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On Behalf
  Of Mike Baker
  Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2001 4:42 AM
  To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
  Subject: Methodology


  Can anyone share a methodology for testing and analyzing existing sites for
  accessibility? I'm curious as to which specific steps you feel are
  essential and where the majority of your focus lies.
  Thanks,
  Mike Baker
  bakerm@zin-tech.com
  ZIN Technologies, Inc.
  3000 Aerospace Parkway ~ Brook Park, OH 44142
  Phone: 216/977-0363 ~ Fax: 216/977-0421


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